Brunswick alum Figgie helps Bucknell find its winning ways

Former Brunswick School standout and current Bucknell freshman Patrick Figgie highlighted a big night for the freshman class, scoring on a long-range shot in the 23rd minute to lift the Bucknell men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at NJIT on Tuesday at Lubetkin Field.

The Bison improved to 6-6-4 on the season and regained some momentum heading into today’s big Homecoming tilt with Patriot League rival Colgate.

 

NJIT, which had been 5-2 at home entering the game, slipped to 8-8 on the season. The Bison controlled the tempo for much of the night and finished with a 12-8 shot advantage.

Freshman goalkeeper Mike Lansing made five saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season, and he lowered his season goals-against average to 0.90. Another first-year player, forward Jesse Klug, was a menace all night. He attempted a game-high seven shots, including three rockets that forced NJIT keeper Lars Maalen-Johansen into diving saves that resulted in corner kicks.

Figgie’s well-placed goal came at the 22:20 mark. Senior forward Brendan Burgdorf applied pressure on an NJIT defender and Figgie intercepted his pass. With Maalen-Johansen off his line, Figgie volleyed the bouncing ball into the net from 35 yards out for his second goal of the season.

Lansing made a diving save off a corner kick about 20 minutes in, and right off the opening kickoff of the second half he had to come out to break up a semi-breakaway. Lansing made another big save on a Franco Gamero breakout with 15 minutes to play to keep it a 1-0 game.

“It was a very good effort tonight,” said coach Brendan Nash after the game. “If we can bottle up that effort and execution moving forward I will be very pleased. Jesse Klug was on fire tonight, which was great to see. We held out three starters and got some good minutes from the bench. Now we are excited to prepare for Colgate.”

Maalen-Johansen matched Lansing with five saves. The Bison had a 7-6 edge in corner kicks, with all seven coming in the second half, as they put an end to a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2).

 

The victory was especially pleasing for Nash, a New Jersey native, and the eight New Jersey products on the trip.

 

Saturday’s game against Colgate will be Senior Day at Emmitt Field, and the Bison are in need of points to move up in the Patriot League standings. Bucknell is 1-2-2 in league play and enters Saturday’s game in a three-way tie for fifth place with five points. Second-place Colgate (2-0-3) has nine points, two behind league-leading American. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

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